Summer Time in Ashland

Summer Time in Ashland, situated between Spring flowers and Fall colors, highlights the best Ashland has to offer: the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, over 50 wineries, Golf, hiking trails, biking, river rafting, and a wide assortment of the arts and of course, great food.

Ashland Map by Cammy Davis

Ashland Map by Cammy Davis

Climate*

Ashland lies within Oregon’s southwest interior climate zone, in which all but the higher-elevation sites are in the rain shadow of the Oregon Coast Range to the west. The largest urban areas in this zone in addition to Ashland are Medford and Grants Pass in the Rogue Valley, and Roseburg in the Umpqua River Valley further north. Although the mountain peaks in this zone receive up to 120 inches (3,000 mm) of precipitation a year, the urban areas and the valleys in which they lie generally get 20 inches (510 mm) or less. This valley climate is particularly good for growing fruit, especially pears, and for producing other crops and farm goods such as hay, grain, poultry, and beef.[20]

Cloud cover in nearby Medford varies from an average of 21 percent in July to 86 percent in December.[21] On average, precipitation falls in Ashland on 114 days each year and totals about 20 inches (510 mm).[22] The average annual snowfall is only 1.4 inches (3.6 cm).[22] The average relative humidity, measured at 4 p.m. daily, is 47 percent in Medford, varying from 26 percent in July to 76 percent in December.[23]

The coolest month is December, with an average high temperature of 47 °F (8 °C), and the warmest month is July, with an average high of about 88 °F (31 °C).[22]The highest temperature ever recorded in Ashland was 108 °F (42 °C), observed in August 1981, and the record low of −4 °F (−20 °C) occurred in December 1972.[24]

Climate data for Ashland, Oregon (1981–2010 normals)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 71
(22)
78
(26)
82
(28)
94
(34)
101
(38)
105
(41)
106
(41)
108
(42)
103
(39)
97
(36)
80
(27)
70
(21)
108
(42)
Average high °F (°C) 49.0
(9.4)
54.0
(12.2)
58.2
(14.6)
63.3
(17.4)
70.9
(21.6)
78.8
(26)
87.6
(30.9)
87.1
(30.6)
80.4
(26.9)
68.3
(20.2)
53.6
(12)
47.4
(8.6)
66.55
(19.2)
Daily mean °F (°C) 39.4
(4.1)
42.4
(5.8)
45.5
(7.5)
49.7
(9.8)
56.2
(13.4)
62.8
(17.1)
69.4
(20.8)
68.6
(20.3)
62.0
(16.7)
52.5
(11.4)
43.0
(6.1)
38.3
(3.5)
52.48
(11.38)
Average low °F (°C) 29.9
(−1.2)
30.8
(−0.7)
32.8
(0.4)
36.1
(2.3)
41.5
(5.3)
46.7
(8.2)
51.2
(10.7)
50.0
(10)
43.6
(6.4)
36.7
(2.6)
32.5
(0.3)
29.2
(−1.6)
38.42
(3.56)
Record low °F (°C) −1
(−18)
−1
(−18)
15
(−9)
20
(−7)
23
(−5)
29
(−2)
32
(0)
34
(1)
27
(−3)
13
(−11)
12
(−11)
−4
(−20)
−4
(−20)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.36
(59.9)
1.88
(47.8)
2.01
(51.1)
1.80
(45.7)
1.70
(43.2)
0.79
(20.1)
0.52
(13.2)
0.54
(13.7)
0.67
(17)
1.39
(35.3)
3.01
(76.5)
3.28
(83.3)
19.95
(506.7)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 0.3
(0.8)
0.4
(1)
0.2
(0.5)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.5
(1.3)
1.4
(3.6)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 14.1 11.9 13.4 12.7 9.6 5.3 2.5 2.6 3.9 7.5 15.2 15.0 113.7
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 0.5 0.4 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.3 1.3
Source: NOAA [22]

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